Scout Notes

Kane presence forces FPL re-think while Alli offers cheaper alternative

Harry Kane (£12.5m) led another contingent of returning World Cup players to make unexpected appearances in Gameweek 1.

As the Fantasy community reacts to his inclusion in Spurs’ win over Newcastle, we’ve had a look at today’s lunch-time match in detail.

NEWCASTLE 1-2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

  • Goals: Joselu (£5.0m) | Jan Vertonghen (£6.0m), Dele Alli (£9.0m)
  • Assists: Matt Ritchie (£6.0m) | Davinson Sánchez (£6.0m), Serge Aurier (£6.0m)

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that his side will be rather unsettled in coming matches, much to the worry of any Fantasy managers holding Spurs assets.

“I think it was very good competition today with a big squad. Massive competition between them and I’m going to rotate in the next few weeks, trying to give the possibility to all the players to play and be important.” – Mauricio Pochettino

Harry Kane’s (£12.5m) wait for a Premier League goal in August continued, even after he made a surprise return to competitive action for Spurs at Newcastle. The England international only came back to training on Monday, which had meant he was a doubt for Gameweek 1 involvement, but he was named in the starting line-up.

That was of particular delight initially to the 36.1 percent of managers who had signed him for their squads in spite of the initial uncertainty over his status. Meanwhile, it caused some worry among managers who had not factored Kane into their plans. However, Kane’s involvement proved to have little impact, as he failed to score and was yellow-carded too.

But Kane’s first appearance of 2018/19 is still likely to cause a stir in the FPL world as managers will have to decide whether he is worth making major changes or for, or if it is best to wait it out until September. He faces Fulham next, who were undone by Crystal Palace in their opening fixture, before trips to Man United and Watford come next.

Jan Vertonghen (£6.0m) was another returning face, which proved to be good news for the 9.2 percent of managers who had chosen Ben Davies (£6.0m) in their squads. It meant that both centre-back slots were filled, with Sanchez involved too, allowing the Welshman to play in his more natural position of left-back. While he did not contribute to attacking returns in the match, his owners can at least be encouraged by the fact that his position on the pitch won’t be as restricted as previously thought.

Dele Alli (£9.0m) was another unexpected starter for Spurs and immediately put himself in the conversation for the Gameweek 2 transfer market. The England international came into this opening weekend in just under four percent of squads but his goal against Newcastle gives him some appeal ahead of next week’s meeting with Fulham. With Kane perhaps too expensive to pull in before deploying a Wildcard, and possibly goalless in August again, Alli could be the way to go if a Spurs attacker is needed. Furthermore, Christian Eriksen (£9.5m) created more chances than any other midfielder either in this match or in the later 3pm kick-offs.

Kieran Trippier (£6.0m), the most popular defender in FPL with 26.3 percent ownership, was not involved in the fixture and neither was Danny Rose (£6.0m). That was a result of Pochettino allowing the two players extra time to recover from their World Cup exploits this summer.

Eric Dier (£5.0m) and Lucas Moura (£7.0m) limped off in the closing stages of the match but Pochettino has played down any fears of injuries.

“No, no they are ok. I hope that Monday they will start to train with the team. Eric Dier was so tired. He felt in the end cramp, but Lucas nothing.” – Mauricio Pochettino

As for the Magpies, Matt Ritchie (£6.0m) delivered on his creative potential at the first time of asking. We had picked Ritchie out as Newcastle’s top assister for 2018/19 in pre-season, and he was the one who provided one for Joselu (£5.0m) to equalise in the first-half. The Scottish midfielder also resumed his duties as Newcastle’s corner taker.

At one stage last season, there was plenty expected from Joselu, especially after the first 10 Gameweeks. Only Kane, Romelu Lukaku (£11.0m), Sergio Aguero (£11.0m) and Alvaro Morata (£9.0m) had more shots than him in that period. He struggled to deliver though, only scoring twice in that spell, with a very poor conversion rate of 8.3 percent. The budget forward suggested he could improve on that this season as he buried one of his two chances today and secured a bonus point too. However, with Newcastle’s fixtures remaining really tough over the next four weeks, and the fact that Salomon Rondon (£6.0m) looks set to take his starting place, neither Joselu or Ritchie are worth considering.

There were discouraging signs for DeAndre Yedlin (£4.5m) who left the stadium on crutches after the match. Rafael Benitez revealed that further assessment was required, opening the door for Javier Manquillo (£4.5m) to come in for him in Gameweek 2.

“It is still too soon to know for sure. There is a problem with his knee, but we need to wait. The doctor has to assess him properly.” – Rafa Benitez

NEWCASTLE UNITED XI (4-4-2): Dubravka; Dummett, Clark, Lascelles, Yedlin; Kenedy, Shelvey, Diamé, Ritchie (Atsu 67’); Joselu (Rondon 57’), Pérez (Mutō 80’).

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Davies, Vertonghen, Sánchez, Aurier; Sissoko, Dier (Amos 88’); Moura (Dembele 67’), Eriksen, Alli (Son 80’); Kane.

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2,093 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jonny Sutt
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 20 hours ago

    I have no richarlison but i do have siggy. Anyone else in this situation sticking with siggy?

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      He just got pulled because of the red card. I'm sure you picked him for a reason, have some faith!

      However, wasn't there some comments that Bernard might challenge him for game time?

      1. Jonny Sutt
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Ye either him or wally and as he was the player subbed, thst makes me think Walcott is preferred. I hope im wrong!

        1. Funny Face
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          I think Siggy got hooked rather than Walcott as Silva wanted to leave pace on either side of Tosun. In coming weeks I think Siggy will be a big player for Everton.

    2. Whats the Huth
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      Same here. Dunno what to do.

      Surprised he got pulled. Would’ve thought Walcott would be the one who made way. Worrying and not decided if I’m sticking or not.

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        With Mina and Co offering serious threat at set pieces, I can see Siggy really racking up a good amount of assists.

        iirc Az is in the same boat as you 😉

    3. Hy liverpool
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      I have Richo but I Would definetly keep siggy

    4. Boo Ya Ka Sha
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      I'd be worried with Bernard coming in. But Walcott is more likely to lose his place.

      1. Boo Ya Ka Sha
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        keep until we know more about Rich's injury and Berndard

      2. Jonny Sutt
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Cheers guys, think I'll save the transfer

  2. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 days, 20 hours ago

    Anyone in particular you will be watching out for tomorrow?

    Has to be KDB for me. One good performance and I might struggle to keep my knee in check. Beautiful fixtures and you'd assume as close to nailed as anyone can come in that City midfield.

    1. Ghost Gooner
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      KDB for me as well. I also want to see if Bilva is ready to be the new Dilva

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        If Bilva gets regular game time he becomes very interesting to me.

        In my team currently in hope of him achieving just that in the opening weeks, but there's so many not just talented, but exciting, footballers there. 🙂

        1. Ghost Gooner
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          At his price I'd be ok with him get rotated occasionally

  3. trustmeimpurple
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 20 hours ago

    I can’t see any comments does anyone know how to change it?(can only see comments on my posts)

    1. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      That’s weird

  4. TorresMagic™ - 54 Qua…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    9 days, 19 hours ago

    @trustmeimpurple

    Tick the "see replies" box.

    1. Boo Ya Ka Sha
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      ?

  5. shotgunnufc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 19 hours ago

    trustmeimpurple tick the ‘show replies’ box in the enter comments area

    1. Tempestic
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        He just said he can only see comments on his posts, but u don’t reply on his post?

    2. the Penman
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      Perspective people. You were never going to play your 4.0m defender of convenience.

      1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Exactly.

      2. BUZZBOMB
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Fairly certain to start and excellent fixture? Really?

      3. captainjilflex
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        i covered myself in case wolves shut out everton with doherty over awb, bad choice. didnt bank on him getting a cs and assist away from home. doh!

      4. ChelseaKTBFF
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 17 hours ago

        Why not? I did. He was a sure starter and his fixture was easy. Would you feel better playing Tomkins?

    3. Nicepix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      Yep. They spend the best part of five weeks researching and agonising over team selections, saying nothing of endless RMTs where they ask a random bunch of strangers their opinions, and all it takes is Luke Shaw to score his first goal ever and Kante to get his whole season's tally in one GW and the Wild Cards will be out in force. Knee-jerkers!

      1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        I love it, it's beautiful to watch the meltdowns. People never learn.

      2. SADIO SANE ①⑨
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        pretty standard, although...he obviously won't be Frank Lampard or anything but I'd bet a decent amount that Kante scores again this season

      3. captainjilflex
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        stick to the plan

    4. Ruud000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      Has everyone’s FPL id changed?

      Thought it stayed the same.

      1. TorresMagic™ - 54 Qua…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Very few will be the same.

      2. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        It's always in the order that you sign up each season.

      3. Yellin' in my Ear
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Changes based on when you sign up. Will be different every season.

    5. El cafetero
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      top 10K avg anyone???

      1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        https://fpldiscovery.wordpress.com/

        Top 10k average is fairly meaningless this week.

      2. Yellin' in my Ear
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        There's no such thing as the top 10k

        1. Yellin' in my Ear
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          Not yet anyway

    6. rdamjan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      when do the first price changes occur?

      1. Whats the Huth
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Hopefully not tonight

      2. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        When players get bought/sold enough.

        http://www.fplstatistics.co.uk/

        Scroll down to read about how this works.

      3. TorresMagic™ - 54 Qua…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        When someone reaches +/-100%
        Normally 2.10am UK each night.
        http://fplstatistics.com/

      4. Matt Birch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Can prices change during a game week?

    7. Whats the Huth
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      Siggy to Rich
      Costa to Neves

      -4

      1. Whats the Huth
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Would I get their points then?

        1. noahzark22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          no

        2. Yes Don
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          yup

          1. Whats the Huth
            • 3 Years
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            Get in.
            Knee jerking right now

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        😀

        Relax and watch the matches tomorrow at the very least.

        1. Whats the Huth
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          Very uncomfortable viewing tonight 🙁

      3. Hy liverpool
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Lol

      4. SADIO SANE ①⑨
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        pretty good transfers imo 😀

      5. Own Goal
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Yes.
        And a free bench boost, AND
        free entry to Alton Towers.

    8. Hairy Potter
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      Expecting a very big season from Hazard. Will definitely look to have him in my team by GW3.

    9. Henning
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      How was Milivojevic today?

    10. New Post
    11. Qubit
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      Bloomin fpl outage before the deadline means Wan-Bissaka may be stuck first on bench. Annoying but there you go.

      1. Locarno
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Because you were going to start him? Aha. Me too. And captain him. Bloody internet.

    12. juanmata8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      Alonso > Walker for next GW?

    13. ZeBestee
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      How will you improve this team for gw2 onwards:

      Patricio
      PVA Robertson Shaw
      Salah Eriksen Richarlison Jota
      King Firmino Kun

      Hamer Peltier WB Stephens

      I will wait after tomorrow's game to make a decision, of course would make swaps as late as possible considering price changes.

      Save?

    14. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      61 points, yet 706k rank! What the hell?

      1. fedolefan
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Haha, may be the ranks haven't updated or whatever?

    15. The Enlightener
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      FPL site going into super slow mode/freezing up with 5 minutes before deadline while I was trying to switch Schurrle for Richa has cost me 12 points. (This happened, as documented by others, so not making it up.) I knew as the site stalled and jammed, while I sat there unable to do anything about it, that I was gonna get bent over by it all with no recourse. And sure enough. Yeah, I'm whining, but I am not exactly thrilled and would expect nobody else to be either. What a damper. And, should anyone argue that I left it too late and tinkering with little time to spare, the deadline is listed as a precise time and I was ahead of it. Arrrggghh! Rant over. Just feeling uninspired by the game at the moment........

      1. Locarno
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        It happens every single season. You had two months to make that switch.

        1. The Enlightener
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          Empty argument. What does it matter when you do it if it's before the listed deadline? That's the point. And yeah, who sets their team two months early? Weak.

          1. Locarno
            • 8 Years
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            But if you know it crashes at the same time every season, why wait till 6.55pm? Weaker.

            1. The Enlightener
              • 4 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              The rules of the game and the deadlines are clearly outlined. And if the game crashes at such a crucial moment, don't you see that as an issue? That's the whole point. It's basically a glitch in the game. And to be honest, more often than not in the past, because of time changes (where I live) I was sleeping when the deadline came around.

              1. The Enlightener
                • 4 Years
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                What kind of integrity is that if the game always crashes right before everything gets under way? At such a crucial time? Maybe if it always happens, as you say, somebody should do something about it other than dismiss it as the FPL manager's fault. I mean, if it's so predictable.

          2. The Enlightener
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            But I already knew that responses like this would be made. So go on with it, you whoever feels like it.

        2. Colonel Shoe 肝池
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          You never had a last minute change if heart switch.....which turned out to be genius
          It's part of the game

          1. The Enlightener
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            It's the site stalling while I was waiting for the transfer to go through minutes before the clearly established deadline that bothers me. I have had what you mention happen before, but what I'm talking about here is the site going down essentially at such a crucial moment.

      2. The Enlightener
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        And of course Richa had to get two instead of just the one, which was painful enough. LOLZ. Why do I play this game, sometimes I wonder..................

    16. SuperMane Returns
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      Fraser only owned by 1.3%... so happy to have punted on him.

      1. Boo Ya Ka Sha
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        I remember seeing ppl asking about him before the deadline. A lot of the experienced ppl laughed them off.

      2. captainjilflex
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        good punt. I had him in from the start. thought he looked decent last season

    17. Boo Ya Ka Sha
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      How did Lucas Moura play today? Was he stuck to the wing, you think he'll be in the starting eleven against Fulham?

      1. captainjilflex
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        didnt do alot for me. mis controlled the ball a couple of times.

    18. Martin66
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      32 points on the bench, anyone got higher?

      1. captainjilflex
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        ouch

    19. ANISH_T28
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      Early thoughts going into GW2

      Foster
      Robertson Mendy Azpilicueta
      Hughes B.Silva Mane Eriksen
      Aguero Firmino King

      Patricio Cairney Tomkins Wan-Biassaka

      0.5m ITB

    20. Slouch87 On The Up
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      I hope that TAA has a well deserved rest tomorrow from his world cup on the bench.

    21. Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 17 hours ago

      Anyone know why Anfield Express has been suspended on twitter?

    22. Leeds2116
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 15 hours ago

      how did cairney and will hughes play?

      1. slavkob
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 14 hours ago

        Bad as every 5.0 white player would.

        1. Leeds2116
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 14 hours ago

          racist

          1. slavkob
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 14 hours ago

            You know guys named so monotonous like Cairney, Hughes, Ralls, Stephens will never outscore Neves, Wan Bissaka etc..

            1. Leeds2116
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              9 days, 14 hours ago

              sure just like kane lol

              1. slavkob
                • 1 Year
                9 days, 14 hours ago

                He too was not good today

            2. Skid Vicious
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              9 days, 14 hours ago

              Lol

              1. slavkob
                • 1 Year
                9 days, 14 hours ago

                Jorginho, Richarlison, just think about it

    23. Lampard 8
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 12 hours ago

      Please may you join our league:
      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/?autojoin-code=314109-233527.

    24. Devo-McDuff
        9 days, 12 hours ago

        Bit of advice sought chaps. For a long while in build-up I had Neves in for Cairney but then really wanted Jota and didn't want to double up on Wolves mid, especially as I plan to start with a 5 mil mid most weeks (might play 4 at back when fixtures are kind). Neves is looking really good value though at 5 mil and sure to go up in price this week. Stick it out with Cairney or double up with Wolves? Or plan C I haven't thought of yet? Ta.

        GK Ederson
        D Mendy
        D Robertson
        D Daniels
        M Jota
        M Salah
        M Eriksen
        M Cairney
        F Arnautovic
        F Aguero
        F Firmino

        B Hamer
        B Wan-Bisaka
        B Peltier
        B Schneiderlin